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Parachinar blast death toll hits 50

  Peshawar: The death toll in Friday multiple blasts in Parachinar area of Kurram Agency has mounted to 50 as more injured died. Authorities said initially 37 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when twin blasts tore through a market in Parachinar, a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s tribal belt. The death toll...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 24, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 24, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Parachinar blast death toll hits 50

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Peshawar: The death toll in Friday multiple blasts in Parachinar area of Kurram Agency has mounted to 50 as more injured died.

Authorities said initially 37 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when twin blasts tore through a market in Parachinar, a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s tribal belt.

The death toll later mounted to 50 on Saturday as more injured breathed their last.

The first blast detonated as the market was crowded with shoppers preparing for the Eid ul-Fitr festival.

When people rushed to the site to rescue the wounded, a second blast took place.

Basir Khan Wazir, the top government official in Parachinar later told AFP that apparently both the blasts were carried out by two suicide bombers.

Officials transported 15 to 20 critical injured people to Peshawar.

The death toll may further rise.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for security to be beefed up across the country as he condemned the attack, saying that no Muslim could ever imagine committing such a “horrific” act.

Pakistan has seen a dramatic improvement in security in the last two years, but groups such as the umbrella Pakistani Taliban and other extremist outfits still retain the ability to carry out attacks.

Local lawmaker Sajid Hussain Turi, the owner of the market, said bazaars in Parachinar had been barricaded off and vehicles banned from the area after multiple attacks have hit the city this year.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s attack.

Kurram, one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts, is known for sectarian clashes. – Samaa/Agencies

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